I like mine mashed (bones too, for the minerals) and mixed with minced onions. Not the kind of lunch where you go kiss your DH afterwards but it's quite filling in many ways, especially with good bread.
I am not too partial to the kind in tomato sauce but some of my friends swear by it. I like the ones in olive oil best.
DS (almost 2) will happily eat them if we give them to him whole, I think he likes how they are cute little fish. Have you tried just giving one to your three year old?
I can eat them straight out of the can, and that is how I do it now. I used to eat them on saltine crackers...yum! But I can't really do crackers anymore , so it is straight out of the can for me.
My DS1 used to love them the same way, now won't touch them. DS2 is liking them, I just have to keep him going on them.
But as soon as my Dollar store started getting these, it stopped.
I mixed them with mayonnaise. My WFS has three kinds of mayonnaise and I get the one based on safflower oil. It doesn't have soy.
Then I suddenly stopped liking them and haven't tried them since. I need to again.
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I used to eat them over at my grandparents house on crackers with mustard on top
You could marinate them with some onion, balsamic vinegar, mustard, olive oil, capers, parsley. Then put them on crackers.
You guys shoulda seen the look DH gave me when I opened the can. The cat wouldn't leave me alone until I gave her some too. Ah fun times.
I just wondered if they are as good for you. I might be able to eat them, since I don't think they look as much like little fish.
as for sardines... a nice romaine lettuce salad with chunks of roasted red pepper, capers along with chunks of sardines... dressing is olive oil, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, garlic... i got it from Dr Weil's site (but darned if i can find it now).
now, if you're really lucky, you'll find sprats. these are from northern baltic region of europe and are hard to find. super duper tasty with hard boiled eggs and sourdough rye bread. caution - sprats are similar to anchovies (esp with regard to saltiness) but are slightly bigger and better tasting. the bones, if i recall correctly, are just a little too hard to eat.
mmm and then there's pickled herring. more sourdough rye, some sour cream and boiled potatoes to accompany these stinky fish.
Jennifer, Naturopath and mom
I live just 20 minutes from Kiel in northern Germany and every year that have "Kieler Sprotte" season. I've just figured out from your post that the english for sprotte is sprats.
Can't say I care for them though, nor can I get into the herrings here (called matjes). It's herrings galore in this country when all I want at the supermarket is a tin of nice red salmon.
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